Remove Zombie News virus ads from Chrome, Firefox and IE

Get rid of intrusive media and annoying ads by Zombie News through removing this add-on from targeted web browsers and learn how else it can affect you.

The topic of zombie invasion has been trending for a really long time, getting continuously heated up by movies, TV shows, video games and thousands of web pages dedicated to this segment of science fiction. Computer application developers certainly don’t lag behind in propagating this facet of popular culture. Zombie News is one of such programs. The idea behind it is to scan the Internet for hot news on the theme, purportedly calculate the risk of zombie invasion and notify the user. Sounds like fun, moreover this app is free. More or less savvy PC users, however, prick their ears up when they hear “free software”, because this often times implies that the product is ad-supported. The authors of Zombie News do admit they have partnered with ad providers, but they claim to avoid the sponsored content that is obnoxious. What users are experiencing, though, is the opposite of that.

Official web page of Zombie News app
Official web page of Zombie News app

The somewhat dubious nature of this application becomes obvious from the very start as it installs on PCs via involvement in a bundling conspiracy. Its payload is obscured by not-so-transparent installation wizards of affiliated tools. These are mainly media downloaders, some of which also push such ill-famed software as Couponarific, SmartSaver Plus and SearchSnacks. Simply put, it’s not until Zombie News has already been installed that the user realizes it’s on board their machine. The extension, which is compatible with Internet Explorer 8 and later, Chrome and Firefox, will display sponsored in-text links, obtrusive software download recommendations, different coupons and trigger interstitial ads while you are surfing the web.

Intrusive popup ad by Zombie News
Intrusive popup ad by Zombie News

These adverts aren’t difficult to recognize as they say “Ads by Zombie News” or “Brought to You by Zombie News”. They appear in parts of websites that the webmasters never dedicated to advertising, consequently the user friendliness of web pages gets impacted considerably. Another thing about this adware that can potentially cause more issues is the data monitoring part, which means that it tracks the victim’s online activity, such as search history, and who knows how and for what purposes this information can be further exploited. So peruse the steps listed in the next part of this guide and follow them to permanently remove Zombie News add-on.

Automatic removal of the Zombie News virus

When it comes to handling infections like this one, using a reputable cleaning tool is the place to start. Sticking to this workflow ensures that every component of the adware gets found and eradicated from the affected computer.

1. Download and install the cleaning tool and click the Start Computer Scan button Download Zombie News removal tool

2. The wait is worth it. Once the scan completes, you will see a report listing all malicious or potentially unwanted objects detected on your PC. Go ahead and click the Fix Threats option in order to get Zombie News ads automatically uninstalled from your machine along with all of its modules. This being done, you should be good to go.

Uninstall Zombie News through Control Panel

  • From your Windows menu, go to Control Panel. Select Add or Remove Programs (for Windows XP / Windows 8) or Uninstall a program (Windows Vista / Windows 7) Uninstall a program
  • Find Zombie News on the list. If it’s nowhere to be found, look for multimedia related programs (e.g. Flash Enhancer) or other odd-looking apps you remember to have installed lately. Select the suspicious one and click Uninstall/Change Uninstall Zombie News related software

Remove Zombie News Ads virus from web browsers manually

The workflow covered below is intended to undo all changes that the Zombie News virus made to Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer. The fix includes several steps: removing the malicious extension; and (if the previous action turned out inefficient) resetting the browser. Be advised there’s some collateral inconvenience you will encounter in the latter case, namely the loss of all installed add-ons and personalized information (saved passwords, cached data, bookmarks and other content).

Remove Zombie News in Chrome

1. Uninstall the Zombie News extension
  • Click the Chrome menu icon and select More tools > Extensions Access Chrome Extensions interface
  • Find the add-on associated with Zombie News and click the trash bin next to the bad entry Trash the Zombie News add-on
2. Restore homepage defaults
  • Go back to Chrome menu and select Settings Go to Settings screen
  • Go to On startup sub-section and activate the Open a specific page or set of pages option. Also, click Set pages Set pages button
  • Locate the Zombie News entry under Startup pages and hit X button next to it Remove Zombie News from Startup pages
3. Restore correct search preferences
  • Proceed to Manage search engines and select the service you prefer to use Eliminate malicious search provider and select preferred one in Chrome
4. Restart Google Chrome

Remove Zombie News in Firefox

1. Eliminate the respective add-on
  • In Firefox, go to Tools > Add-ons Go to Firefox Add-ons screen
  • Hit the Extensions tab and locate Zombie News on the list. Click Remove to get rid of it
2. Fix the homepage settings
  • Go to Tools > Options Open up Firefox Options
  • Hit the General tab and click Restore to Default (see image below) Restore home page in Firefox
3. Set the preferred search provider
  • Click the magnifying glass icon in Firefox search box and select Change Search Settings Select the Change Search Settings option
  • Select the search engine to use by default and hit OK to save the changes Select default search engine in Firefox
4. Restart Mozilla Firefox

removal from Internet Explorer

  • Open IE. Go to Tools > Manage Add-ons Manage Add-ons entry in IE
  • Select Toolbars and Extensions in the navigation pane, locate the items related to Zombie News, including the Zombie News API, right-click each one select Remove in the context menu Remove  from IE Toolbars and Extensions list
  • Restart IE and check for symptoms of the infection. If the Zombie News ads are not appearing anymore, then no further action is required. If the adware is still there, proceed to the steps below
  • Go to Tools > Internet Options Reset Internet Explorer 1
  • Hit the Advanced tab and click Reset Reset Internet Explorer 2
  • Make sure the Delete personal settings option on the Reset Internet Explorer Settings dialog is ticked and click Reset Reset Internet Explorer 3
  • Restart Internet Explorer for the changes to take effect

Did the problem go away? Check and see

Computer threats like the Zombie News virus can be stealthier than you can imagine, skillfully obfuscating their components inside a compromised computer to evade removal. Therefore, by running an additional security scan you will dot the i’s and cross the t’s in terms of the cleanup.

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